Published Aug 19, 2010Earlier this month, former Fugees frontman and Haitian goodwill ambassador Wyclef Jean turned heads when he announced his intention to run for president of Haiti in the country's upcoming election. The announcement sparked controversy across the board, as journalists and fellow musicians weighed in on the implications. It got so heated that Jean was even reportedly receiving death threats, warning him to withdraw from the ballot. However, Jean has now reportedly been denied a place on the electoral list.
According to a Reuters report, a member of the provisional electoral council in Haiti revealed that Jean does not meet the legal requirements to run in a presidential election on November 28. This was most likely due to the fact that Haitian candidates must have lived in the country for at least five consecutive years leading up to the election. However, the reason why Jean was rejected has not yet been confirmed.
In a recent interview with the CBC, Jean seemed to express doubts that he would be allowed to run in the election, saying, "If after Friday, we're not approved, I will continue doing what I've been doing in Haiti. I'm coming back and forth, but we will be respected as a political force. The important thing is that, I hope, that we can be part of the big plan that is for Haiti."
As of press time, the official list of Haiti's presidential candidates has not yet been revealed.